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"confession" in British English

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confessionnoun [C or U]

uk   /kənˈfeʃ.ən/  us   /kənˈfeʃ.ən/
B2 the act of admitting that you have done something wrong or illegal: I have a confession to make - I've lost that book you lent me. I can't ask for help. It feels like a confession of failure. Confession is the first stage of coming to terms with what you've done. He made a full confession to the police.
an occasion when a Christian tells God or, especially in the Roman Catholic Church, tells a priest formally and privately, what they have done wrong so that they can be forgiven: Have you been to confession recently? The priest heard his confession.

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(Definition of confession from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"confession" in American English

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confessionnoun [C/U]

 us   /kənˈfeʃ·ən/
Confession is the activity of telling God or a priest what you have done wrong so God will forgive you.
(Definition of confession from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “confession”
in Arabic اعْتِراف…
in Korean 고백…
in Portuguese confissão…
in Catalan confessió…
in Japanese 告白, 自白…
in Chinese (Simplified) 坦白, 供认,招认, 承认…
in Turkish itiraf, günah çıkarma…
in Russian признание, исповедь…
in Chinese (Traditional) 坦白, 供認,招認, 承認…
in Italian confessione…
in Polish przyznanie się, spowiedź…
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